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Peeling Skin

Peeling Skin

Sometime, not long after being sent home from the nursery, every baby born peels.   Their skin begins to peel just as if they have had a sunburn.  This is a universal and very normal event.  It turns out that all of us shed our entire skin every 3 weeks!  That’s right, 3 weeks from today you and I will have none of our outer skin that is on us now in place.  But for us, we shed this tiny dot today and that tiny set of dots tomorrow.  So we never actually see our skin peel.  But birth synchronizes this process, so the shedding of skin happens all together and now becomes visible.  This only happens once in life, and once the peel finishes, your newborn will be cloaked in that amazing, soft, moist, newborn skin.  So peeling skin after birth is expected, it is normal, it does not indicate dry skin, and leaves your newborn with the best skin ever, no intervention is required.